Grateful Dead Live at Hollywood Bowl on 1972-06-17
set 1,2p; AUD C/?; pitch corrected; via Hanno Bunjes, Uli Teute and Carsten Baumann
Subject: China Cat Jam
Subject: Incorrect tapes labeled as this show circulating
Subject: better quality tape?
Subject: China Cat Jam?
Subject: Hey dmelton1955
Subject: I was there and have a TAPE!
I taped this show, but my tape is NOT the one that has been circulated. The problem is the tapes are somewhere in the garage, and I have to locate them. I will say this - Although the cassettes have degraded somewhat over the years, the quality is still MUCH better than the recording that is out there. I used a Sony portable cassette recorder (which at that that time was high quality) with a Shure vocal microphone attached. As soon as I can locate the tapes, I'm planning to share my copy. My tape is complete, including the encore of One More Saturday Night. My memory tells me that the only time I had to turn the tape over during a song was during the spacey part of "the Other One", and it was done very quickly with minimial loss. Other than that I have the complete show.
I used to have a whole bunch of great pictures of the band that night, including Pigpen behind the B-3, but unfortunately they were destroyed by mice in storage. My brother threw them all out so I never got to see if there was anything salvagable. The sound at the concert right up front was just magnificent. Garcia was still using the tie dyed Fender Twin Reverb and the Strat with the champion spark plug sticker. Weir was playing his red ES-345, and Phil was using the old Guild hollowbody bass. This band with Pigpen on organ and the piano of Kieth Godchaux had a fullness that I haven't heard before or since. Too bad Pigpen wasn't up to singing that night. Time to tear the garage apart and find those tapes!
Subject: Stella Blue
Subject: Stella Blue correction correction
Subject: 2nd review entry for this show for me
And watch out for those wires, you might trip.
Subject: Stella Blue Correction
Subject: 2nd set confirmation???
The sound and ambiance change that occurs into Truckin' (and afterwards) is considerable. Even the opening tracks (muffled aside) have the same background sound to them, as the rest of the songs do (up to C.J.)
I have a feeling that this is really a piece work set that is not the real thing.
Still 4 out of 5 for being able to hear Pig's last skyward beams on the keys (from the start to C.J. that is).
The search for Pigger's last performance(Rockin' Pneumonia)continues.
Subject: FM broadcast?
it's ashame the NFA->GDTRFB->NFA gets cut as it was a real smoker, replete with the china cat jam
fun sounding show...sound quality starts poorly, but gets better...pig's organ actually is a nice complement, imo
edit: i'm on the second set now, and the sound quality is just about unbearable...sounds like the taper had the mic secreted in his rectum
Subject: Farewell to Pigpen...
Subject: First GD show, 72 blew my mind!!!
We were in the second large section of seats and we rushed the stage when the Dead came out. I held onto a rail cause that was all I could do. I was off in the stratosphere and the band was incredible! Of course this recording doesn't do the show justice, but what a night!
I kept holding onto that rail, trying not to float over the crowd. I looked up and saw something like a cauldron with a big block of brown wax in it. I became the wax and was melting. When that became too much I looked elsewhere and numbers were pulsating in the air to the beat of the music and it was really freaky. I was looking at the band and Weir's face in particular, sweating and all white and glowing screaming into the mic.
I didn't know this was Pigpens last show. I was too stoned to notice him :(. The vibe at the show was pretty amazing. I got some pretty weird looks as I remember leaving the show. I guess I looked pretty wierd and totally spaced out.
Though the quality of the recording poor I still have to give this the highest rating, you had to be there to appreciate it!
Subject: If anyone is interested...
I'll be remastering this show sometime in the not too distant future. I doubt it will improve terribly much, but I'm fairly certain I can get it in an audible condition. Shoot me an e-mail if you have the desire.
Would absolutely love to hear the missing tunes from this show. Was a great from what's there. The Stella Blue is totally sweet, worth the time just for that. But the whole 1st set is swinging.
Subject: first Stella
maybe download this for filler somewhere else. First half of the show is pretty good sounds, Playin is a hot version. The sound on the second set is degraded but it was a good show.
Subject: My recollections
Recording doesn't do the show justice.
Subject: 2nd set really November, 71?
Subject: Not all there?
Subject: I was at this show, my first Dead show
I found the playlist of this show a few years back and it really jarred my memory. I always wanted to find a tape of this show, so when I found this it was really great even though the quality of this is not good. However, hearing it was really strange because it is exactly how I remember it including some of the things said between numbers, and of course the playlist and energy and fun the band was having was obvious. Alot of the jamming done was in a 3 man "huddle", and many of the 3 part harmonies were sung with Garcia, Lesh and Wier singing into a single mike. It was obious they enjoyed the night.
All except Pigpen, that is. We anticipated and wanted to see Piggers do his numbers, but after a few songs it was obvious something was wrong. For most of the show he was slumped over nodded out and not moving at all. A few times one of the band members would bump him to wake him up, but not much action at all out of Ron. Too bad. Next show I saw in November at Long Beach, Wier said Pigpen was very sick and couldn't be there. Having said that, I didn't know this was Pigpen's last show until I read it on one of the deadlists somewhere. Wow, what a deal. I'm glad I was there. This was a great show to be at and I'll never forget the quality of the sound there and the energy. We talked about it for weeks afterwards. I rated this 5 stars only because I saw the show and it was a 5 star show. Hey, at least something was left behind of this memorable event.
Subject: Needs two ratings
Subject: Agree w/the Cap'n
Subject: Stella Blue with PigPen
As the marker for the end of the Ron Mckernen Era, this concert has historical and sentimental value. But Pigpen's final gig is actually a good concert. There are a lot of great shows in 1972, so this one doesn't stand out as exceptional. But it's better than many shows played 10 years later, and most of those from 20 years later.
A good jam in Playing in the Band, which usually was good in this period. Bob is in good vocal form on Black Throated Wind, in an energetic Beat It and others. Jerry gives nice vocal and guitar renderings on Loser and others.
Also notable is an interesting Other One. There are several quiet sections that aren't space, but have a Sage & Spirit (Blues for Allah) feel, and a quiet jazzy feel at others times, building and subsiding several times before going back into the Other theme and then into space.
Sound--yep, the show sounds like it came from a microphone in the audiance, and has occasional skips and annoying audiance talking (it starts out really bad, but improves). I sure do wish we had a good copy.
Subject: Wait for the board or use this for background music
Subject: one of the best.
Subject: Stella Blue
re: the following footnote
- Starting around 1:00 into Truckin' something causes trouble and Bob Weir
tells someone to "watch the wires!" at 1:32 into Truckin'
i had always remembered this as happening during el paso but appears it was truckin'. Hollywood Bowl would put a wood deck over stagefront fountain for rock concerts. there were a couple of small children (band or crew family) playing with a beach ball in front of the band. one of them (looked to be a pre-schooler) was running for the ball and tripped over a wire. Bobby lunged forward in vain attempt to catch the kid (who kept on playing unhurt) and knocked his microphone stand over.
Pigpen didn't sing despite requests from crowd. Bobby explained that he wasn't feeling too good. It was only years later I found out it was his final show.
Security at this show consisted of 20-something age jocks who at one point actually started a fight.
Subject: Pigpen's Fairwell
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